RegioStars 2008 26 Shortlist Finalists – listed by category Energy efficiency and renewable energies

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RegioStars 2008 

26 Shortlist Finalists – listed by category 


Energy efficiency and renewable energies 


EnergiekompetenzPLUS - Energy Compentence Centre Böbingen an der Rems 

Baden-Württemberg, DE 

The objective is to bring low-energy construction techniques to citizens and companies in 

the region through a show property, to demonstrate both residential and commercial 

innovation in resource-saving techniques in low-energy consumption. The project also 

established a cooperation network of companies as well as a training centre for craftsmen 

and architects. 


Floating Autonomous Environmental Friendly and Efficient Desalination Unit 


This is a floating platform in the Aegean Sea that uses energy provided from renewable 

sources and produces potable water for the islands.  The drinking water is produced from 

the sea water and the energy to desalinate this water is provided by a wind generator and 

a photovoltaic system. 


Optimisating the multiple purpose function of the Socorridos hydro power station 

Autonomous Region of Madeira, PT 

This project is based on the optimisation of the Socorridos Hydroelectric Power Station 

in use since 1995, with its transformation into a reversible system, which made possible 

to take advantage of the power capacity (3x8 MW) at any time of the year, regardless of 

rainfall. Additionally, the system allow lower losses and higher reliability on both 

systems (water and energy), as well a contribution to install additional renewable power. 



INTERREG III B North Sea – Cambridgeshire - UK (lead partner), Malmö – SE, 

Hamburg - DE 

SmartLIFE saw the establishment of training centres, showcasing projects and 

conducting intensive research into best-practice construction techniques in order to 

deliver housing in the three regions that is affordable, energy efficient and 

environmentally sustainable. 



Alsace, FR 

ENERGIVIE encourages the demand for renewable energies related equipment both 

through a comprehensive communication campaign and advisory services for local 

authorities. It also contributes to providing a better offer in the region (e.g., upgrading 

existing professionals skills and preparing future professionals in the solar, wood-energy 

and construction sectors), conducting experiments (e.g. low energy consumption 

buildings in Mulhouse) and studies (bio-fuels, bio-gas, geothermal energy). 



Environmental Technologies 


The Advance Project 

London, UK 

The Advance project has provided SMEs across the London Objective 2 areas with 

comprehensive guidance and support service on environmental technology 

implementation, linking innovation and the environment and supporting the growth of 

the SMEs through improvements in product, process and environmental performance. 


Arcelor Mittal 

Provence Alpes Cotes d’Azur, FR 

The aim of the project was to make a contribution to the substantial reduction of 

atmospheric emissions from the Arcelor-Mittal facilities in Fos-sur-Mer by implementing 

innovative technologies both for replacing the incineration of ammonia stack effluent by 

desulphurization and for dust extraction of iron ore. 




Support clusters and business networks 


Øresund Science Region – Cross border triple helix collaboration 

INTERREG – Øresund SE (lead partner) and DK 

The project is organised around innovation platforms that create linkages between 14 

universities, regional authorities and companies around the Swedish-Danish border 

region of Øresund in identified core competencies. The platforms are established in the 

areas of life science, environment, ICT, food science, logistics, nano, digital 

entertainment and humanities. 


DIALOGUES (incorportating Nexxus) 

Western Scotland – UK 

The aim of the project is to work towards the creation of high quality employment 

opportunities and collaborative ventures with strong links to the educational system.  The 

objectives are to increase activity in investment in R&D, biotechnology sector, linking 

the research base with SMEs and encouraging academics to work with SMEs. 


Cluster Eco-construction 

Province de Namur, BE 

The development strategy for the eco-construction sector was initiated in 2002 in the 

Namur region with a view to swift expansion to the Walloon region. The cluster manages 

exchanges of experiences, partnerships between companies, as well as putting together 

proposals for projects, investments and promotional policy. The project has made it 

possible to accelerate the market trends of eco-construction in Wallonia and other 

European regions. 


Regional Innovation System 

Upper Austria, AT 

The aim of this Innovative Actions Programme was the further development of the 

region's innovation support system by setting up a number cross-sectoral networks 

between companies and public actors in the existing clusters. The programme has 

brought together many parties from the public and private sectors and academia to 

network and run pilot projects in the areas of HR, R&TI, Logistics and Design & Media. 



Oulu Region, FI 

The objective of Mobient was to help the networking of content and media SMEs and 

give small scale financing to pilot productions and marketing. The project supported 

product development, marketing, selling and distribution of digital media products, 

consulting and training for SMEs as well as the use of IPR. SMEs were assisted in 

product development and marketing projects as well as provision of networking. 


OpTIC Technium (Optronics Technology and Incubation Centre) 

Wales, UK 

This project aims to grow existing businesses and to attract inward investment to further 

strengthen the existing opto-electronics cluster in the region and thus to create high 

quality job opportunities. OpTIC Technium offers business support and assistance to 

start-ups, incubator services to house new or relocating companies and a technology 

centre for innovating new opto-electronic products and processes. 


Region-Enterprises Forum on Logistics 

INTERREG - Emilia-Romagna  (lead partner) IT 

The Forum is a public-private interface between the relevant local, provincial and 

regional public actors, manufacturing and transport companies as well as universities for 

better policy making and the promotion of innovation in transport and logistics. The 

Forum aims to enhance vertical and horizontal cooperation among enterprises to 

rationalise and pool their demand for transport and logistics services and to thus reduce 

transport costs, pollution and traffic congestion. 



Technology transfer from research institutes to SMEs 



Styria, AT 

Targeting a specific group, SMEs in peripheral Styrian areas less experienced with R&D 

partnerships, the project aims to provide innovation support and initiate new science-

SME pilot projects. The TECHNOFIT PRO partners (representing the 4 largest Styrian 

research institutions) have done this through awareness raising events, "on-the-shop-

floor" audits, "quickfix" meetings with academic experts and initiating first-time projects 

using existing R&D funding schemes. 


Embedded Internet System 

Norra Norrland, SE 

EIS (Embedded Internet System) relates to the production of smart products by adding 

computing capabilities and communication possibilities through Internet.  This means 

that by including this technology into any product, information can be measured or 

receive and systems overseen remotely through the web. 



Province de Hainaut, BE 

The Centre of Research & Development Promotion & Technologies Valorisation in 

Hainaut was launched to assist the SMEs (all sectors) of the region to innovate and/or to 

improve their products, services and  methods. During the period 2002-2007 nearly 700 

SMEs have received personal support from the CeRDT and 415 entreprises have 

presented one or more projects. 


HySy Vision 

Piedmont, IT 

The main goal of HySy Vision was to support the creation and the strengthening of the 

hydrogen chain in the Piedmont region. The project has taken the hydrogen chain, broken 

in down into its component parts and looked at the SMEs in the region that might be able 

to produce or innovate. They have run successful pilot projects with the SMEs and the 

project's partners. 


Competence Centre of Wing System Simulation and Wind Tunnel Verification - 


Schleswig-Holstein, DE 

The focus of this project was the process development for aerodynamic investigation and 

optimisation of wing systems (e.g., wind turbines or yacht sails) in natural wind currents. 

One of the main products of the project was the design and construction of a new twist 

flow wind tunnel for testing sailing yachts and other wind driven systems. 



West Midlands, UK 

EnviroINNOVATE made positive linkage between innovation resources within 

Universities and it the region's SME population in the growing field of Environmental 

Technologies.  It did this by enabling SMEs to link to specific expertise for developing 

innovative products.  The programme assisted 116 companies and supported the 

economic regeneration of the region’s industry. 


Centre for Technology Transfer (CTT) in Torun 

Kujavie-Pomeranie, PO 

The project addressed the issues of improving performance in the field of new 

technologies by SMEs, addressing management and a qualified work force. It aimed to 

deliver affordable, high quality office, technological and industrial space for 

entrepreneurs and establish continuous cooperation with higher education institutes of the 



Incubator-Technology Centre 

Lower Silesia, PO 

The main objective of this project was to stimulate the advanced technologies industry. 

The aim was to enable the increase of transferring new technologies to existing and 

newly established business units, commercialise results of scientific research and 

promotion of regional pro-innovative entities. 


Innovation Assistant 

Niederösterreich, AT 

Niederösterreich piloted a scheme to encourage SMEs to employ recent graduates in 

order to strengthen their technological and innovation competence. Targeting small 

SMEs and those in rural areas, the project provided support for an Innovation Assistant 

to work on a specific innovation project. 


EpiCentre (Electronics, Production and Innovation Technology Centre) 

INTERREG, Northern Ireland (lead partner) - UK 

EpiCentre aims to build an innovation and technology transfer capability in the 

Northwest cross border region of Ireland. The centre focuses on the development of a 

strong industrial research base through the integration of existing capabilities in the three 

tertiary level education providers. 


Matching Technologies and Opportunities (MATEO) 

INTERREG – Catalonia - ES (lead partner), Noord-Brabant - NL, Lombardy – IT, 

South-West Bohemia – CZ 

The main objective of MATEO was to develop and execute collaborative subprojects that 

stimulate regional innovation through close cooperation between entities from the four 

participating regions. The eight specific themes of the subprojects are: food, biotech, 

aerospace, advanced materials, pharma & medical technologies, mechatronics, renewable 

energies and process & production technologies. 


Centres for Industrial Collaboration (CIC) 

Yorkshire and the Humber, UK 

This project was set up to help businesses harness the intellectual strengths and technical 

expertise of regional universities. The CICs facilitate the transfer of skills and technology 

from universities to small and large companies, encouraging greater levels of industrial 

innovation, research & development. 


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